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Find out what your peers are saying about F5 Advanced WAF vs. Symantec Web Application Firewall and other solutions. Updated: September 2021.
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Pros
"This solution inspects your traffic and based on that, automatically create distinct qualities for you, so you can add this to the policy already created. That's what I like most.""The anti-bot protection is the solution's most valuable feature. Safe-guard or credential staffing are also useful features.""This solution is an enterprise-class firewall that provides both load-balancing and security.""Good dashboard and reporting.""In terms of F5 Advanced WAF's most valuable features, I would definitely say its stability. F5 is one the most stable products. Either as the load balancer or the web application firewall, it is very stable.""I like all of the features, but the main one is the attack signatures.""There is no need to worry about updating signatures because WAF will automatically update the signatures for you.""The support experience is better than average."

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"The interface is user-friendly.""The setup was straightforward.""The solution has an up-to-date data repository to deal with external threats."

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Cons
"I would not expect traffic details to pass through the web application firewall across the length of the whole application. I think that there is a web application where it can let the application function without traffic going in into the WAF.""The solution's dashboard could be improved. When you're moving from policy to policy, the logs and the integration of the logs in other systems aren't straightforward.""This solution can be made more user-friendly.""Scalability could be improved.""I would say their graphical interface, the GUI. I don't like the GUI as much as before.""The BIG-IQ is supposed to centralize the management for all of the boxes but it's not very effective.""The contextual-based component needs a lot of help to catch up with the next-gen products.""There is a learning curve that extends the time of implementation."

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"It would be an improvement if the management dashboards were not reliant upon Java.""I'm not convinced that it's necessary the best solution going forward in the future.""Sometimes scanning slows down the endpoints."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"Licensing fees for this solution are paid on a yearly basis.""It's more expensive than other solutions and depending on the modules, there can be additional fees.""F5 bundles up services and the bundle is what you pay for rather than individual components.""Its price is fair. We have done a couple of deals where they were able to give some kind of discount to the customers. The price was initially high for the customers, but after a couple of negotiations, it came within their budget. They were happy with that.""There are various plans available for Fortinet FortiWeb Cloud WAF as a Service, including a trial version.""It is expensive. Its price should be better. Its licensing is on a yearly basis. Its licensing is also based on the model. There are no additional costs.""I don't have any issue with the pricing of this solution."

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Questions from the Community
Top Answer: credential attack protection, virtual patching.
Top Answer: I don't have any issue with the pricing of this solution. I am only involved with the technical portion of it.
Top Answer: I would like to see the API Protection improved.
Top Answer: The solution has an up-to-date data repository to deal with external threats.
Top Answer: One of our issues is that sometimes scanning slows down the endpoints. The outcome of that is that we have to disable Symantec end users, troubleshoot, and then reconnect. I also believe that from the… more »
Top Answer: We have multiple applications that we wanted to ensure were protected and we chose Symantec for that. I'm the head of IT infrastructure and we are partners with Symantec.
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Also Known As
Symantec WAF, Blue Coat Protecting Web Applications
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Overview

F5's Advanced WAF is built on proven F5 technology and goes beyond reactive security such as static signatures and reputation to proactively detect and mitigate bots, secure credentials and sensitive data, and defend against application denial-of-service (DoS). Advanced WAF redefines application security to address the most prevalent threats organizations face today.

Advanced WAF is offered as an appliance, virtual edition, and as a managed service—providing automated WAF services that meet complex deployment and management requirements while protecting your apps with great precision. It is the most effective solution for guarding modern applications and data from existing and emerging threats while maintaining compliance with key regulatory mandates.

Advanced WAF redefines application security to address the most prevalent threats organizations face today:

•Web attacks that steal credentials and gain unauthorized access across user accounts.
•Application layer attacks that evade static security based on reputation and manual signatures.
•New attack surfaces and threats due to the rapid adoption of APIs.
•OWASP Top 10 vulnerabilities

The Symantec Web Application Firewall (WAF) enables you to secure and accelerate your web applications.

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Sample Customers
MAXIMUS, Vivo, American Systems, Bangladesh Post Office, City Bank
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Top Industries
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Financial Services Firm40%
Non Tech Company20%
Energy/Utilities Company10%
Printing Company10%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company28%
Comms Service Provider26%
Financial Services Firm9%
Government5%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Comms Service Provider22%
Computer Software Company22%
Government13%
Recreational Facilities/Services Company6%
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Small Business25%
Midsize Enterprise35%
Large Enterprise40%
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Find out what your peers are saying about F5 Advanced WAF vs. Symantec Web Application Firewall and other solutions. Updated: September 2021.
534,299 professionals have used our research since 2012.

F5 Advanced WAF is ranked 4th in Web Application Firewall (WAF) with 14 reviews while Symantec Web Application Firewall is ranked 20th in Web Application Firewall (WAF) with 3 reviews. F5 Advanced WAF is rated 8.4, while Symantec Web Application Firewall is rated 8.4. The top reviewer of F5 Advanced WAF writes "It is very stable as as a load balancer or a web application firewall". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Symantec Web Application Firewall writes "An excellent up-to-date data repository handling external threats successfully". F5 Advanced WAF is most compared with Microsoft Azure Application Gateway, Fortinet FortiWeb, NGINX App Protect, Imperva Web Application Firewall and Cloudflare, whereas Symantec Web Application Firewall is most compared with F5 BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager (LTM), Fortinet FortiWeb, Microsoft Azure Application Gateway and Imperva Incapsula. See our F5 Advanced WAF vs. Symantec Web Application Firewall report.

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